Porsche unveiled the Panamera S Hybrid at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. It featured a 3.0 liter V6 compressor engine with an output of 333 HP combined with an electric motor that added an extra 47 HP, but that was only the beginning of the Italian automaker’s trip through hybrid way. Porsche has just announced they will be unveiling a plug-in version of the Panamera luxury sedan sometime in 2014.
Porsche’s first plug-in hybrid model will be the 918 Spyder, but it will be followed by more variants, including one for the Cayenne. Plug-in hybrid models have the advantage of being able to only be used as an electric model for short distances. Porsche promises that while running on electric only, the Panamera will have an autonomy of 19 miles on a full charge of its batteries.
The future Panamera plug-in hybrid will be powered by an electric motor and battery pack backed up by a gasoline or diesel engine that extends driving range and recharges the battery.
Sales for the new Panamera plug-in hybrid will begin in 2014.
One of our favorite parts of any auto show is seeing what the aftermarket industry has done to some of the finest vehicles in the world. At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, we were completely floored by all the programs being displayed.
Whether it was the Lamborghini Aventador, the McLaren MP4-12C, or even a model like the BMW 3-Series, the tuning world was definitely well-represented in Geneva.
The list below highlights some of the most impressive programs we saw. Some came from some of the best tuners in the world and some came from some surprising tuners. Nevertheless, it all amounted to some pretty impressive sights. You can check out the list of vehicles that were given tuning programs and let us know which of these works you consider your favorites.
Check out the list of tuner cars from the 2012 Geneva Motor Show after the jump. Full story
Anytime a tuning company decides to mess with a car’s overall dimensions, there’s bound to be a lot of split reaction on what the finished product is going to look like. German tuner, RUF, is treading that water with the new Porsche Panamera RXL.
The car, which is currently being showcased at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show is, by all effects, a longer version of the standard Panamera. Obviously, the whole point was to turn the German saloon into a limousine, but as far as we’re concerned, some cars are just not meant to be, shall we say, "elongated."
Not only did RUF do that, but they did it very generously. Overall, the Panamera is longer by 400mm - 250mm on the B-pillar and 150mm at the back - which is pretty ridiculous on its own. If there was ever any saving grace for the Panamera RXL, it’s that RUF was kind enough to provide a modified front bumper that puts a more aggressive profile on the Panamera while also fitting in some nice 22" RUF five-spoke alloy wheels.
As far as performance enhancements are concerned, the Panamera RXL’s 4.8-liter V8 engine gets a bump in output to 420 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 383 lb/ft of torque at 4,000 rpm.
All that said, RUF has already put a price tag on the Panamera RXL. If you’re interested in a Panamera limousine, you’re going to have to shell out €200,000, which is around $262,000 based on current exchange rates.
In 2011, German tuner, Gemballa, presented us with their new tuning program for the Porsche Panamera. Called the Mistrale, the modified luxury Porsche saloon was nothing short of remarkable. This year, those guys are headed back to Geneva with a reworked Mistrale, one that comes with a slight bump in horsepower from last year’s model.
Aesthetically, the Mistrale’s aerodynamic program appears to remain intact with all the major external carbon fiber body components still present in the project. The carbon fiber bonnet is still there, as are the doors, the front wings, and the front and rear bumpers. Moreover, the Mistrale still sports a set of lightweight 22" forged alloy wheels.
The main difference between this new model and last year’s version is that the former comes with improved performance numbers. Gemballa still has a two-stage engine update available for the car with Stage 1 taking the Panamera’s twin-turbo V8 engine all the way up to 610 horsepower and 626 lb/ft of torque. Stage 2 is where the improvement lies, from the 700 horsepower and 737 lb/ft of torque numbers up to 721 horsepower.
More information about the 2012 Gemballa Mistrale should be made available when Gemballa presents the car at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
German tuner, JE Design, has taken the proverbial gloves off of their new tuning program for the benevolent Porsche Panamera. Comprised of an extensive aero package and noteworthy performance modifications, the fellas from JE Design really outdid themselves this time.
The aero package consists of a number of new body elements for the Panamera, including a new front skirt that has been designed to allow the air in-flow of the intercooler to be further maximized. The program also has daytime driving lights, marker lights, and blinking LEDs that have been integrated into the elaborate double bars.
The program also has a new custom-fitting skirt that has central vent openings, new side skirts that integrate harmoniously into the Panamera’s design, an extendable rear spoiler, a complete rear skirt with a diffuser and central air outlet, an optional JE DESIGN stainless steel cat-back exhaust system that includes valve control, a new air-suspension, and a set of 22" Pandora light-alloy wheels.
Performance improvements are also part of the JE Design program, particularly for the Panamera Diesel and Panamera Turbo models. For the former, the improvements hit 300 horsepower from the standard model’s 250-horsepower output, allowing the car to hit 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds, an improvement from the standard model’s 0-60 mph, 6.8-second time. Its new top speed is 155 mph.
For the latter, the power increase package gives the Panamera Turbo a new output of 600 horsepower, a 100-horsepower increase from the standard model. This translates to a 0-60 mph time of 3.8 seconds, an improvement from 4.2 seconds. Top speed of the car, however, remains the same at 188 mph.
Following in the Cayenne GTS’ footsteps from three years ago, the Panamera is getting introduced to its own GTS package. Porsche has unveiled the new Panamera GTS which will go on sale in February 2012. US prices will be announced at a later date.
The GTS in the car’s name stands for Gran Turismo Sport and promises the same extraordinary Porsche performance that started with the legendary 904 Carrera GTS back in 1963. The Panamera GTS uses a modified 4.8-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine, the same engine used in the 4S trim model, but it now develops 30 hp and 14.75 lb.-ft. of torque more. It also has a faster-revving engine with a maximum engine speed that has been increased by 400 rpm to 7,100 rpm.
Next to more power, the GTS has also received a more aggressive design thanks to reduction of ten millimeters in ride height, a high-gloss black exterior package, upgraded brakes, and a sportier interior.
UPDATE 11/22/2011: Porsche has released the first promotional video for the new Panamera GTS unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show last week. Check it out!
UPDATE 02/14/2012: Porsche has unveiled today a new video for the Panamera GTS presenting Rally legend Walter Röhrl on a lap around the Ascari circuit in Spain.
Hit the jump to read more about the new Porsche Panamera GTS. Full story
German tuner, Edo Competition, has unveiled a new tuning package for the Porsche Panamera Turbo S. As usual with their projects, all the modifications were generally made under the hood and were enough to transform the car into the most powerful Panamera Turbo S ever.
The changes made to the engine include a new exhaust manifold, new turbochargers, and high-flow catalytic converters and air filters, as well as a stainless steel high-performance exhaust system with butterfly valves. The engine management system was also re-programmed to get best use out of the new hardware.
As a result, the Turbo S model’s 4.8 liter, V8 biturbo engine now delivers an additional 150 HP and 96 lb-ft of torque. This leaves it with a total of 700 HP and 649 lb-ft of torque, up from the standard 550 HP and 553 lb-ft of torque. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph is made in 3.5 seconds and the sprint to 124 mph in 11.4 seconds. Top speed will now be limited to 211 mph.
In addition to the massive engine upgrade, Edo Competition also put in a new set of 22" carbon-fiber-look racing wheels and an Edo lowering module which brings the Panamera’s body up to 30 millimeters closer to the road. The interior benefited from the finest leather and other high-quality materials.
We’ve seen a lot of tuning programs over the past couple of years, but one thing that has remained a constant is how impressed we are with Wald International’s Black Bison tuning program.
After similar programs were given to the BMW 5-Series, the Mercedes S63 AMG, and the Jaguar XJ, Wald International is setting its sights on another German luxury sports car: the Porsche Panamera S.
Wald International’s Black Bison program for the Panamera S comes with a comprehensive list of aerodynamic components, including a new carbon fiber aero kit with a new front fascia and sculpted air intakes, front fender air vents, a rear diffuser, a boot lid spoiler, and rocker panels. Matching the cool style of the Black Bison aero kit, Wald International also lowered the car’s suspension and fitted the Panamera S with a new set of two-tone, five-spoke lightweight alloy rims with the firm’s signature custom tail pipes.
Performance upgrades have been left out of the program, but you can still expect the Panamera S and its 4.8-liter V8 engine to produce a stout 400 horsepower and 369 lb/ft of torque to go with its 0-60 mph time of 5.2 seconds a top speed of 175 mph.
Just about every other model in Porsche’s lineup is about to enter a new generation, but the spanking new Panamera isn’t in need of such dramatic changes. Not one to leave any vehicle out in the cold, though, Porsche has decided to provide the sports sedan with a few fresh changes for the 2013 model year.
New spy shots of the spruced up Panamera show that the car is almost completely stripped of its camouflage and high-tailing through some snow during winter testing. The Panamera facelift reveals slightly modified headlights and a new bumper for the front of the vehicle, as well as a revised bumper and new graphics for the lights in the rear.
Other than that, it looks like the Panamera will be largely unchanged. The sports sedan will still be powered by a choice of either the 3.6-liter V6 engine or the 4.8 liter V8 engine, but both may see some adjustments to improve on fuel economy.
British magazine, EVO, has gone out and pitted a few more competitors against each other to determine which is the better ride. Starting with the very cool BMW M5, EVO gathered up its competitors - the Porsche Panamera S, Mercedes E63 AMG, and Jaguar XFR - for a little one on three action.
Let’s break it down with some numbers. The M5’s 560 HP went up against the 550 HP from the Panamera, the 525 HP from the E63 AMG, and the 510 HP from the XF-R. Basically, the test served up 2,145 HP of phenomenal power, but which sports car landed on top of the heap?
Before watching the video, try to take a stab at who crossed the finish-line first. You may be surprised. We’ll give you a one hint: the Panamera turned out to be the laziest from them all.